Our Public School Teachers are Heroes

The horrific storm that hit central Oklahoma¬†has, once again, shined a spotlight on the dedication, selflessness and heroism of public school teachers. Moore, Oklahoma, the town that is no more, lost 9 students when an elementary school took the full force of what has been determined to be an EF5 tornado. The monster storm flattened the one-story structure with 200 MPH winds and debris harnessed by the funnel cloud of destruction.… [Read more]

The Value of Teachers’ Time

There it is again. The comparison of teaching salaries of the United States to those around the world.

We are at the top of the list for hours teachers spend working, yet almost at the bottom of the list for pay. The rest of the countries are much more evenly matched with hours worked versus how much pay teachers get.… [Read more]

Must Be Nice…

The #1 response I get when I tell people I am a teacher is, “It must be nice.¬† You get your summers off.”

And that is from polite people.

Less socially tactful people (like my grandpa) tend to lean more toward this response: “It must be nice to work only 9 months of the year.”

After 10 years in the biz, I now just reply with “yup.” or when I am feeling sassy with “that would be nice!”

But it used to make me hopping mad.… [Read more]